Electronic Finance (WS 2011/12)

Type of course: Seminar
Course number: 800789
Semester: WS 2011/2012
Max. # of participants: 16
Credits: 6 ECTS

Recommended courses as preparation for this seminar: Information- and communication systems

Eligible studies - Bachelor’s Programs:

  • Business Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Economic Sciences
  • Business Education and Human Resource Development
  • Economic and Social History


  • Hosts: Prof. Dr. Jan Muntermann, Dr. Robert Wayne Gregory
    Advisors: Mirko Jan Zülch
    Language: German

    The financial services industry is experiencing a range of fundamental changes that are driven by and large by the diffusion and innovation of information technology (IT). Thus, this seminar deals with topics in E-Finance to develop a better understanding of the changes (e.g., institutional, organizational, strategic) that are currently being observed. In particular, the seminar is organized into two building blocks:

    (A) E-Finance business and market innovations
    (led by Prof. Dr. Muntermann, helped by Mirko Zülch)
    This group of topics deals with newly emerging IT-driven business models, decision making processes, market transformations, and related business and market innovations in E-Finance. For example, the pace of innovation in financial markets has accelerated dramatically in the past years: New financial products have emerged and market infrastructures have changed significantly, both of which have been driven by IT. Accordingly, possible seminar topics within this group include (but are not limited to):
    A1) New regulatory requirements (e.g., MiFID) that are affecting significantly the banking, brokerage and trading industry
    A2) Reordering of traditional value chains in financial markets and transformation of financial intermediation
    A3) Innovative banking and brokerage concepts driven by IT
    A4) IT-driven decision support systems for financial investments

    (B) IT Management in the Financial Services Industry
    (led by Dr. Gregory, helped by Mirko Zülch)
    This group of topics focuses on emerging IT management topics that dominate the top management agenda in knowledge-intensive industries in general and the financial services industry in particular. IT is the lifeblood of today’s globalized and networked financial markets and financial services industry. Particularly in this domain, business strategic and processes are highly dependent on IT, making the strategic management of IT a long term top management issue. Possible seminar topics within this group include:
    B1) Global sourcing of business and IT services in the financial services industry
    B2) IT Program, Project, and Portfolio Management in the financial services industry
    B3) IT management (e.g., integration) in mergers and acquisitions of banks and exchanges
    B4) Change management in IT transformation and integration projects in the financial services industry

    Evaluation: Students will be sorted into groups of two people to investigate a seminar topic (A1-A4; B1-B4) in collaboration. Each student group will be asked to hand in a written seminar paper and give a presentation on the findings. Performance evaluation is based on the seminar paper (4 ECTS) and on the final presentation (2 ECTS).

    Registration: Registration: Please register using this Link. Use the registration form for the winter term 2011/2012. Registration period starts on June 1st, 2011 and ends on June 22nd, 2011 (information extracted from link above). For more details and eventual changes, we urgently recommend to regularly check the above provided link as the registration for this seminar is handled centrally at the faculty for economic sciences.
    Important change: if you have missed the above mentioned deadline, you still have the opportunity to apply for the seminar by September 30th, 2011 (see details below).

    Course timeline:

    • June 1st – June 22nd, 2011: registration period
    • NEW: deadline for application extended to September 30th, 2011. Please write an email with your application to Stephanie Wurdak ( stephanie.wurdak@wiwi.uni-goettingen.de), indicating your name, student identification number, primary studies (e.g., business administration, information systems) and specialization
    • October 24th, 2011: kick-off meeting/topic assignment (mandatory), FlexNow registration deadline after the meeting
    • January 9th, 2012: deadline for seminar paper
    • January 30th and 31st, 2012: presentations



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